The Jets dominated the Titans, but weren't we expected to do that? We played one of the most complete games I can remember, and had it not been for an untimely slip by Calvin Pryor it probably could have been a lot better. Fitzpatrick missed a couple early, but soon settled in. We've all of a sudden realized that Powell is a nice receiving weapon out of the backfield and the defense looks to be humming. It's good to be a Jets fan right now, and its been a long time since we've been able to say that.
Like most weeks, take everything you read here with a pinch of salt. If you hate power rankings, then look away now, if like me you find them mildly interesting, carry on reading.
Meantime, the Jets won their third game in a row by dispatching the Titans at home. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall continue to be top-tier weapons for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chris Ivory carried the load with 22 carries for 101 yards on the ground. Apart from a bust on a trick pass play to Marcus Mariota for a touchdown, the defense held things down. New York still looks like a dark horse contender in the AFC.
It appears to be a three-way race among the Jets, Steelers and Chiefs for the AFC's two wild-card spots. The Jets play two of their final three regular season games on the road, beginning Saturday night at Dallas.
Todd Bowles has done a fine job. This team has flaws but just keeps winning. He is maximizing their talent.
The Jets put together their most complete performance of the year against the Titans, with lockdown defense complementing a balanced offensive attack
I do not want to play that defense right now. And all those who had Ryan Fitzpatrick with a plus-14 TD-to-pick differential in December, well, sorry. I think you're lying.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is one wicked-hot quarterback right now. Which sucks for him, because you can tell he really loves that lumberjack beard. As sexy as it might be, you simply can't ignore the numbers since he went more Michael McDonald and less Grizzly Adams. Amish-bearded Fitzpatrick (his first 10 games): 219.9 yards per game, 16 touchdowns, 11 picks, 81.5 passer rating. Trimmed Fitzpatrick (the last three games): 310.0 yards per game, nine touchdowns, zero picks, 111.5 passer rating.